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Census plays cupid to social inclusion

Wrapped in the cheer of V Day, a special event for young college goers was held, stressing their crucial role in helping marginalised groups and people who may be overlooked to be counted as part of Census 2011.



New Delhi: Wrapped in the cheer of
Valentine`s Day, a special event for young college goers was
held here on Monday, stressing their crucial role in helping
marginalised groups and people who may be overlooked by their
families to be counted as part of Census 2011.

`Valentine of Inclusion` was organised at Delhi
University by the Directorate of Census Operations, Delhi,
Delhi School of Social Work, Mother NGO for Homeless and
Social Service League of St Stephen`s College to celebrate the
festival of love with fervour.
"It was right in the middle of the Census period.
That`s why we thought we must take advantage of the fact that
its coming in between, and after all it`s a secular and
popular festival," Varsha Joshi, Director of Census Operations
in Delhi, told PTI on why the date was chosen.

Thus, college bands struck notes, interactions were
undertaken and pamphlets on the relevance of Valentine`s Day
and the Census effort were distributed, keeping the theme of
social inclusion close.
"The Census is about inclusion and surely love should
also be about inclusion," Joshi said.

Attempting to whip up interest in the Census effort,
the event was aimed at informing possible groups that can be
left out from respondents` answers including people with
disability, the homeless, the elderly, young girls,
construction workers and domestic helps.

"The idea is to tell them (youth) that you yourself
must get counted, your family must get counted plus there are
vulnerable sections in society who may get left out, around
you, and you must try to get them covered in the Census as
well," Joshi said.

Trained actors also took to the stage during the event
with a `nukkad natak` performing on why people should not be
evasive when they see Enumerators.

Differently abled took out a tricycle roadshow as a
"display that they (disabled) are doing their bit" and the
students can too.

College students also registered as volunteers to
support night Enumeration for the homeless being undertaken on
the night of February 28.

"Youth awareness is critical to the entire process,"
Suman Prashar, Consultant to RGI, who was present at the
event, said.

"Love is the most beautiful thing, but indifference is
the enemy of love. It`s not enough to love yourself, your
beloved, your family and your friends. You can always spread
more love around you," Joshi said.

The Population Enumeration Phase of the 15th Census is
currently being held all over the country from February 9 to
February 28. Enumerators will be visiting households to
collect data during the period.

PTI

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